Snowshoeing is really just walking but with the aid of snowshoes to stop you sinking into the snow and to give you better grip on icy terrain. It is the ideal way to discover and enjoy the Pyrenees in Winter! The Pyrenees are renowned for their sunny blue-sky days which make for perfect outings in the mountains. A great way to beat back the winter blues with an injection of sunshine and physical activity, especially when you come back to a warm and cosy hotel or refuge for some mulled wine or a hot drink!
If you are a Summer hiker, snowshoeing will suit you well, and allow you to see the winter face of the mountains.
Snowshoes were first used by Canadian trappers with huge and heavy basket-type racquets to allow them to go out hunting in the midst of winter. The large surface area of the snow-shoe spreads your weight out, stopping you from sinking into the snow. These days snow-shoes are made of light-weight plastic and are in the form of a narrow tennis racquet. They are simply strapped onto your winter boots (normal waterproof hiking boots with ankle support are fine) and allow you to walk on the snow without sinking in. Poles are used for extra push and for balance making the whole thing even simpler.
After a short training session on your newly-obtained bigger feet, walking with them will quickly become very natural.
Join Mandy and Sacha snowshoeing this winter. Dates in green are confirmed.
Make this New Year an experience to remember. Spend it in the Pyrenees! Four days snowshoeing (one with lunch cooked on the camp fire in the beautiful Frutière Valley) and two days off to ski, paraglide, drink mulled wine or sit in a bubbling thermal bath. On New Year’s Eve you will snowshoe up to the renowned Auberge Chez Louisette for a gourmet dinner and dancing evening at altitude. Dates: 28 Dec 2013 – 4 Jan 2014.
Spend a week in the cosy Hotel Les Templiers or Blue Cairn Lodge and head out each day to discover a new face of the Pyrenean winter experience. Four days of snowshoeing and two days optional activities give you a varied and fun experience of winter in the mountains. You can go downhill skiing, cross country skiing, take the cable car up to Pic du Midi (best combined with a day downhill skiing at the Grand Tourmalet resort), go to the wonderful market in Argeles, try paragliding, go dog sledding – or try some of the local snow free trails independently. We are here to facilitate and make sure you have the best experience possible. Dates: every week from 4th Jan – 29 Mar 2014. Runs from two participants, so either two singles, or find a friend and we’ll confirm.
Your snowshoe week is split between the stunning Luz and Cauterets valleys – five nights in the comfort of Hotel Les Templiers in Luz and two nights in Refuge Wallon, in the heart of the Marcadau Valley for a real winter mountain experience. From the refuge we can head higher up to the Spanish border passes, tackle some smaller summits and walk to frozen lakes. A great combination. Dates: every week from 1st Feb – 29 Mar 2014. Runs from two participants, so either two singles, or find a friend and we’ll confirm.
You will be ‘enchanted’ by the magical beauty of these mountains in the Spanish Pyrenees! One of the Pyrenean lake districts, the Encantats area has great refuges, thousands of frozen lakes to walk over and magnificant granite scenery. A hut to hut snowshoe trek is the ultimate winter experience. Dates: 2-9 Mar 2014 (trip confirmed). This trip is Sunday to Sunday to fit with the Liverpool-Carcassonne RyanAir flight. Flights also possible to Toulouse from Gatwick, or Stanstead to Lourdes.